Adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic BOA Review Facts
The Adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic BOA is the result of a joint venture between Adidas and BOA Fit Systems let by Christian Sigler as the head designer. Although it is the second version of the Agravic, this shoe has not much in common with the old one since, at first glance, they feel much more friendly and dynamic. When it comes to trail running shoes, Adidas may not be the first brand to come to mind but the company has been making strides in this genre of running since the Response Trail. With the launch of the Outdoor series, Adidas has been making trail shoes that are high on style yet built to take on trails. A good option to run medium-long distances in, this shoe can be worn on varied terrains thanks to the performance of the Continental sole.
The Continental outsole is a safe bet and Adidas does well not to change it. This makes it ideal for marathons or long distances where the land that we can find can be very changeable. In our trips through the Catalan Pyrenees, we have found areas of humid meadows and, as we gain altitude, we have gone to rocky areas
. In both, we have enjoyed a good grip. The outsole has deep lugs that are evenly spaced throughout the outsole to provide channels for mud and water to flow through.
The shoe uses Adidas’s signature Boost material in the midsole so each foot strike is cushioned and even provides an energy return that helps cut down on fatigue. The Boost material is a highly elastic thermoplastic urethane that is formed into elliptical pellets that have properties of softness and springiness. The toe box is not too wide and can provide a standard fit for normal to medium feet.
You can find mesh material with an abrasion resistant welded portion which will add stability and protection to the top of the shoe. The highlight of the upper is the BOA system which makes it really easy to loosen and tighten the shoes. With this new lacing system, the strings are significantly thinner than normal shoelaces, to protect the top of your feet.
Adidas incorporated a thick EVA tongue. One huge improvement they made to the tongue is the notch placed at the top. In many other shoes, the tongue ends up sliding to one side exposing the socks allowing dirt and sand to get in and this notch prevents that from happening. The toe box is wider than other Adidas shoes and people preferring a narrow style might have a problem.
Boost has been the standard Adidas midsole material for about six years now. It is certainly heavier than the much-in-use EVA found in running shoes. But the extra cushion and bounce of the material make up for the addition of a little weight. Nevertheless, this shoe can still be considered as one of the lighter shoes in the outdoor running line but doesn’t sacrifice on comfort
Breathability is an important factor to consider before buying trail running shoes as the rough weather and terrain can cause temperatures to go up. And fortunately, the synthetic upper in the Terrex Agravic BOA is breathable which is great if your feet warm up quickly. It also dries quickly if they become wet
. Even though the tongue is thicker than other similar shoes, it is still breathable. It is perforated to enhance breathability.
Although the Boost technology was out of favor in last season’s trail running shoes
, it makes a comeback in this shoe with a firmer density. In terms of comfort, the Boost provides a spongy feeling while the overlays on top provide a cradle-like fit. This shoe provides enough cushioning to feel great on long stretches. The tongue is made of a plush EVA but it wraps around the top of the feet nicely keeping it conformed. The upper is built for protection and uses durable materials and does not cause any irritation or friction with the top part of the feet.
The shoe looks stylish and you would not be able to guess that it is a running shoe
. The design is eye-catching and the upper gives an off-beat minimal look. The upper is smooth all around and has multiple TPU overlays.
The upper is made from one-piece of synthetic material and brings a sleek look to the shoe. The BOA system is nicely integrated into the shoe with the loop at the side. They are available in two colorways- Ash Grey/Solar Yellow/Black, Black/Non-dyed/Carbon. While the former has vibrant colors that are definitely a bold look to wear the latter is a classy black which is great for runners looking for a non-obtrusive shoe.
Being a premium trail-running shoe, the Terrex Agravic BOA has incorporated durability in as many elements as possible. The outsole is made of the dependable Continental rubber which is the same used in tires and is a testament to its long-lasting quality. One runner covered almost 300 kilometers in these shoes on tough terrain such as The Austrian Alps, the Puigsacalm, Andorra and did not see any major wear and tear on them.
The lugs of the Continental sole show a little wear but that is to be expected as in any shoe. The BoaFIT System is placed in the rear of the shoe where it is somewhat protected from rocks or trail debris and did not damage easily. The upper is also made of an abrasion-resistant synthetic material that will not scuff easily.
Since this is a trail shoe, a lot of attention was placed on durability and protection over style and comfort. The upper of the Terrex Agravic Boa is no-frills and all business. With a synthetic mesh upper on the upper and TPU overlays, the shoe allows for ventilation without compromising on protection. The tongue is made of EVA material which lends some protection to the top of your feet. The toe rubber at the front of the shoe safeguards the toes from injury and shock.
The Boa Fit system does what its name suggests and is the highlight of this shoe. It is simple enough for beginners to use and works by operating the dial on the side of the shoe. The dial has thin and durable laces woven on top of the shoe and attached to the dial. Turning the dial can tighten the shoes and pull it straight up to loosen it. This is quite useful when you have to adjust your laces on the run as this takes half the time it would on normal laces
. This may not seem like a big time saver for beginners but over the course of long-distance runs, the savings can add up. The BOA dial is placed on the side of the shoe where it’s unlikely to be damaged by trail debris, but the durability of this system remains to be seen.
While Boost technology was built for performance, it has spilled over to trail running shoes to prevent energy loss and provide cushioning. The boost midsole allows for a softer and more responsive feel to the shoe. And the Terrex Agravic Boa is a good balance between cushioning and responsiveness. It helps you run efficiently but also cushions your feet enough to wear it all day
The synthetic upper is snug on the feet and can wrap the foot even more securely with the TPU overlays on top. Made in a contrasting color, the overlays are wide and provide a cradle-like fit. The majority of the supportive functions come because of the BoaFit System that provides a comparatively better fit than ordinary laces that are important during technical terrain or mountain training
. The combination of a wide last with the BoaFit System creates an interesting shoe for those with wide feet or with a tendency to swell with fluid retention.
Without a doubt, the Adidas Terrex Two Boa is a great shoe for long-distance racing
. A running group tried this shoe on technical terrains such as the one of the Andorra Ultra Trail and reported that medium-slow runners experienced the best performance from this shoe.
The good grip of the rubber sole of the Continental brand and the support provided by the BoaFIT System makes this a good shoe to be used in a variety of terrain. The outsole features a contour of studs that offers greater traction to the runner.
This shoe is primarily made for trails but can perform well on tracks, rocks, lightweight hiking, backpacking and more. Of course, this shoe isn’t intended for very muddy areas and will not be the best choice for very wet surfaces.
While the market for the trail-running shoe is competitive with established players, Adidas comes out with a strong player with this shoe with a moderate price tag. Runners have found this shoe to provide great stability, durability, and protection because of its premium materials which make this shoe worth the price.
The Continental outsole uses the same material that is used in performance tires and 4.5 mm lugs provide really great traction on wet, muddy trails
. The outsole features A-shaped lugs positioned in opposite directions to keep your grip stronger even on swerves and irregular tracks. The rear of the outsole features reversed lugs that allow runners to brake easily on downhill runs.
This heavy continental rubber in the outsole brings some degree of rigidity to the shoe but some other features in this shoe make this run snappy and protective but not excessively stiff
. The synthetic upper is stretchable but the upper has overlays that take the flexibility down a notch. The Boost technology in the midsole offers some degree of cushioning and flexibility but this shoe does require a few runs to break-in completely.
Stability is another strong suit and the feeling underfoot is of complete security. The shoe sits low to the ground, the Continental outsoles have a wide platform, and it’s stiff enough to power through rough sections of trail.
With a heel stack of 22mm and a forefoot height of 15 mm, the Terrex Agravic Boa has a drop of 7mm that Adidas described as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ drop. A moderate drop, this shoe encourages heel striking and encourages the body in a forward-leaning position. While most runners will find this drop comfortable, it can be especially helpful for those with plantar fasciitis
or posterior tibial tendonitis.
Continental Rubber Outsole
Boost cushioning in the midsole
Abrasion resistant textile upper
Overall this shoe is lightweight and nimble while providing enough protection for fairly serious trail runs. The shoe does bank on the BOA Fit system to distinguish the shoe from the mold and we can definitely see the appeal. Almost all the reviewers found the BOA system to be very useful and liked that adjusting the laces required no more than a few seconds. Although there are no serious complaints regarding the shoe’s Continental outsole and Boost
midsole, if this shoe was priced a little bit lower, this would have received an absolute thumbs up from us.